Could this be PsA?

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) involves signs and symptoms that can be seen and felt by doctors during physical exams. But the common symptoms reported by patients such as fatigue, pain, swelling and tenderness of the joints are also key. In fact, a recent study found that approximately 1/3 of patients with PsA complain of inflammation in their tendons and ligaments.

 

Changes to your nails like lesions, pitting or crumbling could be warning signs that PsA is present. The disease can also develop in a joint after an injury and may mimic a cartilage tear so be mindful of that nagging ‘running injury’ that just doesn’t seem to get better.


~90%
of people with PsA have changes in their nails.

There are things we can see, and things we can’t see

Dr. Catherine Ivory discusses the detailed physical exam involved in diagnosing PsA, including looking for psoriasis or other key clues in some unusual places.